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#7 UkraineMEMO: Ukraine's EU accession – a project for this generation


On 23 June 2022, Ukraine was granted the status of an EU candidate country. In Episode 7 of UkraineMEMO, we talk about why Ukraine's membership is also in the EU's interest. Which intermediate steps would make a full integration into the EU achievable?

The people of Ukraine see their future in the European Union, as polls confirm. The granting of candidate status presented a strong sign of hope.

But how can accession negotiations look like in the face of ongoing Russian aggression? What opportunities does EU membership hold for Ukraine and for the EU itself? Why could Ukraine's integration into the European Single Market with its four basic freedoms (free movement of goods, persons, services and capital) be a sensible intermediate step towards full membership? What role does Ukrainian civil society play in Ukraine's EU integration?

We discuss these and other questions with our guest:

Gerald Knaus is founder and chairman of the think tank European Stability Initiative, ESI. After studying in Oxford, Brussels and Bologna, he worked as a lecturer in Ukraine and for NGOs in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo and Bulgaria. His research interests include migration and refugees, the rule of law and EU enlargement. Furthermore, he is known for his SPIEGEL bestseller "Welche Grenzen brauchen wir?“ („Which borders do we need?“).

Moderator: Ljudmyla Melnyk

Episode #7 of the UkraineMEMO podcast is also available on:

With its podcast "UkraineMEMO: Interviews, Analysis, Policy Advice", IEP presents new perspectives on Ukraine. With guests from Germany and Ukraine, Ljudmyla Melnyk discusses recent developments in the areas of Ukrainian politics, economy and society and thus provides an insight into the events on the ground that are moving the country. Ukraine's relationship with Germany and the EU is always kept in mind.

The UkraineMEMO podcast is part of the “German-Ukrainian Researchers Network” (GURN 2) project and is kindly supported by the German Federal Foreign Office.

Team & authors

About the Podcast UkraineMEMO project: Making expertise on Ukraine accessible is the aim of the UkraineMEMO podcast. With experts from civil society, politics and business, we analyse current events and long-term trends and promote better mutual understanding between Germany and Ukraine

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